Turkmenistan, Pakistan discuss TAPI gas pipeline construction on Pakistan's soil

Oil&Gas Materials 11 November 2020 11:37 (UTC +04:00)
Turkmenistan, Pakistan discuss TAPI gas pipeline construction on Pakistan's soil

BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 11

By Jeila Aliyeva - Trend:

Turkmenistan and Pakistan are considering the possibility of launching the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline in the Pakistani part, said Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Pakistan Atadjan Movlamov, Trend reports with reference to “SNG Seqodna” (CIS Today) news agency.

The ambassador made this remark at Economic Journalist Association Forum in Islamabad.

The implementation of the TAPI gas pipeline project will play an important role in the development of Pakistan's economy, said the ambassador. He also noted that thanks to this gas pipeline, Pakistan will be able to receive additional funds from transit fees.

He stressed that the use of natural gas has many advantages compared to diesel fuel and fuel oil. Thus, it is cheaper and more environmentally friendly to produce electricity from natural gas.

As reported, along with the construction of TAPI, a fiber-optic line will be laid from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan with a length of 1,635 kilometers and a capacity of up to 6 TB/sec, the report said. This fiber-optic line will monitor the operation of the gas pipeline, as well as transmit data for Europe and Asia.

The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI), also known as Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, is a natural gas pipeline being developed by the Galkynysh – TAPI Pipeline Company Limited with participation of the Asian Development Bank.

The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Galkynysh Gas Field in Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India. Construction on the project started in Turkmenistan on 13 December 2015.

The length of the Turkmen section of the TAPI pipeline, the construction of which was launched in December 2015, will be 205 kilometers (the main operations are carried out on the 120th kilometer). The pipeline will pass through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar (816 kilometers), through the cities of Quetta and Multan across Pakistani territory (819 kilometers), and reach the city of Fazilka in India.

The pipeline’s design capacity is planned to be 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year, and the project’s cost - about $8 billion.

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